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Old 05-17-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
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Armored BX or NM Romex.

Armored BX or NM Romex.

How does the NEC code address this issue?
Two weeks ago I ran three 12/2 NM Romex home runs 40' from main panel; for the fridge, kitchen receptacles; and exhaust fan outlet over the oven. The wire is routed from the basement up behind the kitchen sink and counter. It is a cinder block wall with what looked like 1X6s for firring strips.

I suppose I thought the wire would be protected behind the kitchen counter. I also marked the wall behind the counter, showing where the wires are routed for later when I replace the counter. I'm thinking about going back and redoing everything with new 12/2 BX wire.
Should I do this, go back and run the BX cable or leave the NM wire in place?



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Old 05-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #2
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you can install steel protectors over where the NM passes through the studs.

the BX (or actually MC) would not be acceptable in this situation either. Either of them must be protected if less than (I think ) less than 1 1/4 inches from the face of the stud.


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Thanks Nap,
That does answer my question.
I just lost my reply, which took me 30 minutes to formulate. Slow witted as I am.

Anyways, I'm really talking about one 9' stretch of #12 wire. The other two wires from where they come through the floor are give or take 4' and 5' long and are set back into the cinder block wall.

I bought that 3/4" metallic pipe to go with my stock pile of other collectibles in the basement. It seemed to small to allow the #12 to dissipate heat. I thought to buy a strip of thick sheet metal to cover it.
I don't plan on working on it for a few weeks; so I have time to think about what to do with it. That puts it number 3 or 4 on my list of about 14 projects.
Thanks for the reply Nap.

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